May 8, 2023

High concentrations of floating neustonic life in the plastic-rich North Pacific Garbage Patch

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Floating life (neuston) is a core component of the ocean surface food web, but the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic is the only known region of high neustonic abundance. This study reveals high densities of floating life in the plastic-rich Great Pacific Garbage Patch, suggesting that this area could be an important marine habitat.

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